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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley

Genre: Fiction, Children, Fantasy
Publisher: Rhonda Smiley
Source: Random Things Tours
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

When seventh grader Monty Hyde moves for the fourth time in two years, it’s the same old story. New neighborhood, new school, new bullies, no friends. With his dad working all the time and his older brother too popular to notice, he’s the lonely outcast yet again. That is until he finds a mysterious replication serum in his basement and decides to make a friend. From scratch. But when his creation turns out to be a stinky, hairy eight-foot-tall monster that might be eating the neighborhood kids, Monty knows he must undo his experiment. Problem is, it’s the best friend he’s ever had.


My Thoughts

I wanted to read this book with my son; as all the kids love to be read! But in the end I loved the story so much that I finished it in just one sitting and before reading it to him!
I know that since I am a mother I see the stories in a different perspective, the children one, the one that doesn’t always have a voice in the big decisions. That’s mainly why I wanted to read this book with my son; the difficulty of changing schools and having to make new friends. But at the same time the exciting part of moving to a new house and meeting new people, that even if it seems scary it can be something amazing!
I loved this story, as I said it’s perfect to make the younger ones read something funny and adventurous, making them start their love for books. 
I loved the main character of this story, Monty Hyde, he feels like a real person with their own family troubles and the need to make friends but not knowing how. The need to make friends will lead him to the biggest adventure of his life, creating a monster as a friend that will put him in a few troubles. 
But the little troubles are part of the fantasy and action of the story that keeps the reader interested in the story, to show us that books can make anyone dream and take adventures, but at the same time, the characters have all the same problems as us, we are not alone.
I would recommend this book to any young reader (or adult) who wants to have a monstrous friend, they will love it, believe me!Are you ready to meet “Monty and the Monster”?


About The Author

Rhonda Smiley is a writer living in Glendale, California.
After graduating from Concordia University in her native Montreal, Canada with a BFA in Film Production, she began writing for television – everything from family adventure to cop shows to cartoons.
Her passion for storytelling led her to become an author, and her first novel, “Asper,” was awarded the BRAG medallion.